WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR KIDS TALK DIRTY
160 pages, 5½” x 8½”
Timothy Jay, author of What to Do When your Students Talk Dirty, has followed up with this companion book for parents. Like the original, this book starts by defining the types of bad language from vulgarity to obscenity to insults and then sets out to help readers control bad language in their environment in this case, in the home. Jay shows parents how to clarify which language values are important to them and how to use behavior management techniques to improve the quality of their childrens language. This resource is useful for parents of children of any age, including teenagers.
Dr. Jays advice is easy to understand. He sets his abundant
use of examples at first a bit unnerving in the contexts of
language values, media influence and the kind of language that kids and
adults use. Dr. Jay appreciates the problems and pressures that kids face,
as is evident in his clear and common-sense plan for language limits we can
reasonably expect to enforce.
Dr. Harris Elder, father and professor of English, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Your checklist is very good for parents. I wish I had this book when
my children were small.
However, Ill be able to use it with my grandchildren.
Diane Collins, mother and grandmother
I enjoyed this book and will use these newly learned tactics for the
two little ones in my home.
Nicki Blais, mother and family services coordinator, Head Start
... an admirable job of bridging and infusing linguistic information into
a self-help book for parents.
Theresa Miller, consultant to Family Literacy Program
About the Author
Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has dedicated his career to the study of taboo language. He has appeared frequently on national news programs as an expert on bad language and trains teachers to manage language behavior in their classrooms. His previous books are Cursing in America (John Benjamins, 1992) and What to Do When Your Students Talk Dirty (Resource Publications, Inc., 1996).